Author: Trademark Ninja

Chicken Sandwiches, Snoop Dogg & A Vodka – Today’s Interesting IP

“What time is it?” I shout like some unruly gameshow host! “It’s Interesting IP O’Clock” you cry in return, enthusiastic IP audience that you are….Or Not. Either way, here’s today’s Interesting IP You can’t copyright a sandwich. Shame – http://fortune.com/2015/08/25/copyright-chicken-sandwich-pechu/ Snoop Doggy Doggy Sue Doggy Dog (as in, Snoop is bring sued) – https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2015/08/18/3-count-all-rap-edition/ and http://www.entlawdigest.com/2015/08/18/3951.htm Can I get a Vokda and Court Case Please?  http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/422680/Trademark/Stolichnaya+A+Tale+of+Two+Owners Popcorn Time – https://torrentfreak.com/75000-popcorn-time-users-in-crosshairs-of-anti-piracy-group-150825/ The Minister is going to ‘look into’ the Data Protection issues raise by new Irish Citizens. How nice of her – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/minister-to-look-into-data-concerns-of-new-irish-citizens-1.2328655 An interesting and practical approach to protecting IP from Mindchamps – http://www.straitstimes.com/business/trading-on-its-mark-of-distinction And end to Geo Blocking? Shall I cancel my Tunnel Bear account? – http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/august/eu-policy-makers-take-first-step-towards-addressing-geo-blocking-concerns/ Copying yourself? – https://www.opendemocracy.net/j-p-e-harperscott/art-of-plagiarism More tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel etc....

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When Heaving Drinking and The Law Collide – Stolichnaya Vodka Trade Mark Dispute

When I was younger I used to drink a Vodka called ‘Grants’ for the sole reason that it had the bold slogan ‘The Exciting Vodka’ on the bottle lid. Grants was sued for Trademark infringement, and changed to ‘Glens’ Vodka, but it never had the same appeal. The point is, Trade Mark infringement and Vodka is a thing, and according to this article from Trademarkology, it’s a big thing for one Russian brand in particular: A Russian pseudo-governmental entity claims that it is the rightful owner of the Stolichnaya trademark and that as a result, U.S. distributors who sell the product are acting in violation of established trademark rights.  The problem arises from the fact that the original owner — the Russian Federation – is no more. Read the Full Article Here: Stolichnaya® – A Tale of Two Owners | Trademarkology: The Law of the...

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Aldi v. Dunnes Stores – Two Interesting Articles

Two interesting articles today relating to Aldi v. Dunnes Stores, a case on comparative advertising and breach of Trade Mark A & L GoodBody Blog here : High Court grants injunction prohibiting further trade mark infringement in relation to advertising campaign which has ended. : Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog Managing Intellectual Property Blog Here (Subscription required): http://www.managingip.com/Article/3479805/Managing-Trade-Marks-Archive/A-high-water-mark-for-comparative-advertising.html...

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Mount Carmel, Yelp and the Aussie Post Office (streeeewth), it’s Today’s Interesting IP

It’s a wet and miserable Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland Here’s some interesting IP to brighten up your day (yeah, like that’s going to do it): Data Protection in Ireland in Corporate Insolvency – The Fallout from Mt. Carmel – https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/2015/08/24/data-protection-regulation-ireland Is making a bad copy still copyright infringement? http://www.canadiantechlawblog.com/2015/08/21/unusable-copies-and-copyright-infringement/?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=View-Original Australian Post Office Service Sue for Trade Mark Infringement – http://www.smartcompany.com.au/legal/intellectual-property/48144-letter-boxing-sendle-says-australia-post-trying-to-stamp-out-post-without-the-office-slogan.html Yelp reviewers not entitled to be paid (well duh) – http://www.californiaworkplacelawblog.com/2015/08/articles/class-actions/common-sense-prevails-as-court-knocks-out-yelp-reviewers-class-action-seeking-pay-for-voluntary-online-reviews/ €62 MILLION awarded for Trade Mark Infringement – http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/attorney-says-pods-wins-60-million-award-in-trademark-infringement-lawsuit/2199386 Trade Mark Infringement written in the Stars – http://ipkitten.blogspot.ie/2015/08/star-wars-its-all-greek-but-opposition.html More tomorrow at lunchtime...

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WalletHub, the Nationals and Major League Baseball settle a trademark dispute over the letter W – Washington Business Journal

Interesting Article on a big scrap in the states centering on use of the letter “W”, well worth a read… A trademark battle cast as a “David-and-Goliath” struggle between a growing financial startup and a sports juggernaut has ended with less of a bang and more of a whimper.The addition of a single sentence ended a lengthy period of negotiations over trademark infringement allegations over how the letter “W” was used in logos between D.C.-based Evolution Finance’s financial information company WalletHub, the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball. With that, MLB’s complaint was dismissed July 14. Source: WalletHub, the Nationals and Major League Baseball settle a trademark dispute over the letter W – Washington Business...

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